LIVE ARTS FOR THE EVERYDAY – APPLICABLE THOUGHT #61 – Authorship

The author (composer, choreographer or scriptwriter) is the creator of the piece. However, it can be argued that the performers who interpret the piece can make such substantial contributions that they become also co-creators of a specific version of the piece. We can think that the author is completely free to do what they want. To a certain extent this is true, but of course, not everything is possible. What one can imagine is conditioned by one’s experience and context. Also, sometimes it can be frustratingly impossible to materialize what one has imagined. In our lives we are also conditioned and we also face limitations. That is no reason to give up the possibility of going as far as we can in creating our own path through life.

 

 

María Ferrara

 

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LIVE ARTS FOR THE EVERYDAY – APPLICABLE THOUGHT #6 – Improvisation

Improvisation has always been used in live arts, either to generate material that is then set or as an approach to performance. No situation is exactly the same as a previous one and the most appropriate response needs to consider the specific internal and external circumstances at hand, rather than what happened in a previous similar event. That is improvisation. It’s not about acting randomly but about being honest with what is here and now. Considering the brain’s strategy of saving behaviour that has worked in an attempt to be energetically efficient and repeat the success, how much can we actually bypass our patterns and improvise? Conditioning is building up every day. Being true to the moment implies letting go of this buildup ongoingly.

María Ferrara